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FEMA Emergency SMS Services

FEMA provides safety tips as well as emergency SMS services.

Their text message program can be used in two ways:

to receive regular safety tips for specific disaster types, and
to search for open shelters and open disaster recovery centers.
All FEMA text messages are sent from our dedicated number, which is 43362 (4FEMA). Our text message program is not a substitute for 9-1-1. During an emergency, call your local fire/EMS/police or 9-1-1.

Safety Tips

Below is a list of all the disaster specific keywords you can sign up to receive bi-monthly safety tips for:

Hurricanes: text HURRICANE to 43362 (4FEMA)
Home fires: text FIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
Wildfires: text WILDFIRE to 43362 (4FEMA)
Tornadoes: text TORNADO to 43362 (4FEMA)
Earthquakes: text EARTHQUAKE to 43362 (4FEMA)
Winter storms and extreme cold: text WINTER to 43362 (4FEMA)
Power outages: text BLACKOUT to 43362 (4FEMA)
Floods: text FLOOD to 43362 (4FEMA)
General monthly safety tips: text PREPARE to 43362 (4FEMA)

Please Note:
If subscribing to more than one list, please send a separate text for each disaster type you would like to subscribe to. There is no limit to the number of lists you can subscribe to.
Sending STOP will automatically unsubscribe you from all our lists. You can re-subscribe to the list(s) of your choice one-by-one.

Shelters

To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)

For example, if you lived in Washington, DC you would text: SHELTER 20472

Before you go to a shelter, always check with your local emergency management agency for availability & services. Searching for shelters will not add you to a list. Think of it like doing a search on the Internet.

Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC)

To search for open Disaster Recovery Centers, text: DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)

For example, if you lived in Washington, DC you would text: DRC 20472

Searching for Disaster Recovery Centers will not add you to a list. Think of it like doing a search on the Internet.

Smartphone App

You can also use the FEMA text message program to receive a link for the FEMA smartphone app for your specific mobile device. We’ll reply with a link back to your phone’s specific app store.

Apple devices: text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)
Android devices: text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA)
Blackberry devices: text BLACKBERRY to 43362 (4FEMA)
Other Basic Commands

Unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)
Get more information: text INFO to 43362 (4FEMA)
List of all keywords you can subscribe to: text LIST to 43362 (4FEMA)

Important Notes

For emergencies, call your local fire/EMS/police or 9-1-1.
FEMA’s text message number is 43362. If you receive a text message from another number and they say they are from FEMA, disregard it and report it to the authorities if you feel it is warranted.

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